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: Guy Daniel and Stuart Perkoff Read Poetry Description
: This recording features readings by Guy Daniel, a poet who is best known for his translations of Russian works, and Stuart Perkoff, a well-respected poet and influential contributor to Southern California’s beatnik culture.
More information on the poets featured in this recording can be found here:
- The New York Times | https://www.nytimes.com/1989/03/01/obituaries/guy-daniels-69-dies-a-translator-and-poet.html
- Virtual Venice | http://www.virtualvenice.info/poets/perkoff.htm
- Outlaw Poetry | https://outlawpoetry.com/2008/john-macker-stuart-z-perkoff/
Weisburd #39, part 1 of 2
00:00-00:09 — Blank
00:10-03:52 — Unnamed man (presumably Thomas McGrath) makes announcements regarding donations, upcoming events and a mailing list. He also introduces Guy Daniels.
03:53-09:24 — Guy Daniels engages the audience and prepares for his reading. Begins with translation of French poem. The name of the original poet is inaudible, and the title is omitted.
09:25-12:07 — Translation of French poem. (title and author’s name are inaudible)
12:08-13:06 — Translation of French poem. (title and author’s name are inaudible)
13:07-14:43 — “American Nocturne”
14:44-16:50 — “A Federal Poet” (abrupt disruption in recording at 15:02)
16:51-18:37 — “A Biologist Looks at the Civil Service”
18:38-22:27 — Translation of poem (title omitted) by Nikolay Nekrasov (1821-1878), who was a Russian critic, publisher and poet whose compassion towards Russian peasants made him a hero among liberal and radical political groups. (cuts abruptly)
22:28-25:43 — (beings abruptly) Translation of poem entitled, “A Prophecy”, by Mikhail Lermontov (1814-1841), a Russian writer and visual artist who is considered to be the greatest figure in Russian Romantic poetry.
25:44-30:53 — Translation of poem entitled, “The Demon”, by Lermontov. (cuts abruptly)
30:54-31:04 — Blank
Weisburd #39, part 2 of 2
00:00-00:09 — Blank
00:10-01:45 — Unidentified man (presumably Thomas McGrath) makes announcement regarding the sale of books and magazines. Introduces Stuart Perkoff.
01:46-02:55 — Perkoff abruptly begins reading. He starts with a poem entitled “A Token”.
02:56-03:31 — “We Are Forced to Wage War against Time” – Perkoff
03:32-06:16 — “The Christian Philosophist in the White Cold Morning Said” - Perkoff
06:17-07:03 — “On Unloading a Boxcar” – Perkoff
07:04-07:30 — “Boplicity” – Perkoff
07:31-08:29 — “At the End of the Uprising” – Perkoff
08:30-09:53 — “The Barbarian from the North, for Allen Ginsburg” – Perkoff (Irwin Allen Ginsburg (1926-1997) was an American poet, philosopher and activist. He is widely viewed as the most influential figure of the Beat Generation, and of the counter-cultural movement that followed.)
09:54-11:40 — “Alba” – Perkoff
11:41-13:16 — “After a Painting by John Hultburg” – Perkoff (John Hultburg (1922-2005) was an American lecturer, playwright and painter related to the Bay Area Figurative Movement.)
13:17-16:02 — “Bird” - Perkoff
16:03-16:37 — “Black Burnt Hills Touch Snow at their Backs” – Perkoff
16:38-20:13 — Recitation of poems describes as “in progress” from a collection entitled The Venice Poems.
20:14-23:29 — Recitation by Perkoff of poem with indistinguishable title.
23:30-23:55 — “A Child” – Perkoff
23:56-24:40 — “For Dylan Thomas” – Perkoff (Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) was a Welsh poet and writer. He developed—and encouraged—a reputation as a “roistering, drunken and doomed poet.” He died at the age of 39 in New York City.)
24:41-25:56 — “Portrait” – Perkoff
25:57-27:44 — “Invocation” – Perkoff
27:45-30:27 — “Variation on a Letter to Jonathan Williams” – Perkoff (Jonathan Williams (1929-2008) was an American writer, photographer and publisher. He was also the founder of The Jargon Society, which published various forms of artwork, including poetry and photography.)
30:28-31:28 — “Oh Para, Oh Dox” – Perkoff (cuts abruptly, interrupts recitation)
31:29-31:39 — Blank Call Number
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